Chefkirk - 38-40cm

The cd '(38-40cm)' is out on Simple Logic Records in December 2003.

38-40 CM
(CDR by Simple Logic Records)
American's Chefkirk (who lives by the sea too, or the Big Pond in his case, to be precise) displays intense activity in putting out newer and newer releases - twelve in 2004 alone. Would it be a successful way "to get your band noticed"? "(38-40 cm)" starts in a very obvious for noise records way - some distant, modulated feedback evolves into abrasive and loud sound cannonade. Aube or Merzbow could be proud of it! However, what comes next shows Chefkirk's itch for more experimental areas. Basically, every track of the eleven featured here is a separate work, regardless of whether it lasts a few seconds or a few minutes. Things happen fast here - those two japnoise-like blows are followed by structurally broken beats, and next by some obscure electronics with scratches & glitches. Then some strangely reverberating tweaks and beats reminding a little of Delphium or Photek appear. A short noise outburst, and the counter indicates track 7. The most varied, and longest of all, it is a quite interesting audio work featuring crude electronics, clattering, feedback and humming. When it's over, the last four tracks come reverting to the form of short-lasting miniatures - electro lashings, arrhythmic noises, and some sound dissonances. The 30-odd minutes of this material are a quite successful presentation of Chefkirk and bode well for his future releases! krzysztof sadza, eldrichpalmer.org

Chefkirk's a fuckin' machine if you judge him by his release output. I've already got something like 5 releases from him and I've seen other's bouncing about in news blurbs on various mailing lists. It's not that hard to get one sucker, or I mean label head to release your shite but breaking over the single release boundary suggests either something of interest or a knack for uttering nasty threats. I'm inclined to pick the former option here as everything I've stumbled across (or more accurately, that has stumbled across me) has been worth the time and electrons. "(38-40cm)" bears no relation to the actual packing size which was my initial guess so you can just add it to the rest of the non-sequiters like the song titles and project name itself. The recording is about 36 minutes long with 11 tracks of pure noise on offer. Well pure in the (mostly) beatless, odd angled glitchy sense though it is a lot chunkier and wrapped with more saturation gristle than what I normally associate with "glitch" - more like the arhythmic pulse of an ice machine as shot to MPEG1 by a low res cell phone camera.

The contents this time out are a tad less scrappy and more focused on setting up an audio lean to with which to keep the rain off (i.e. semi-stable structure). It's got the feel of someone bouncing off the walls from boredom, flicking matches into the garbage to see what will happen, taking a knife to their sneakers, putting spoons in the blender and hitting "HI". Not mean spirited but definitely mischevious. The thing with Chefkirk is that even when he has his dick firmly in hand he demonstrates a skill of navigation that lets you accept the fact that you are listening to someone masturbate as if instead you were instead doting on the words of a poetic and charismatic tour guide describing the majesty of the Grand Canyon.

I like this release from Chefkirk. It's got variety (microsound, glitch, cachunk noises, stutter beat deconstructions, hum and drone, resonant skree). It's also got a submerged subtlety and balance that keeps it as fresh as the faces Chefkirk is making while behind the board tweaking the controls. While it would be nice to see some releases from someone other than Chefkirk appear in my mailbox once in a while, this is one unintentional collection I will be holding onto. Moron/Industrial.org

38-40 CM
(CDR by Simple Logic Records)
The Polish label Simple Logic Records have some nice cover: thick oversized carton sleeves with nice photography. That is a good start. Chefkirk, the man whose music I never seem to dig very much, has a release and it's the first time I actually like quite a bit. Not so much the noise elements that are again omnipresent on this disc, but at the same time, maybe even in the same amount, there are rhythmical and more 'silent' sectors to be found here. It seems to me that for the first time dynamics do play a role in this music. Even something like compositional structure can be found around here. Things built up, break down and it's done with some care. Hurray.
FdW/Vital Weekly

(Simple Logic; CDR (limited to 100); 12 tracks; 20 minutes 44 seconds)
(File under : Densely well executed experimental noise music)
Definitely one of the most beautiful package I've ever seen from a DIY release. Finally I guess Chefkirk got the presentation they deserve since the previous release got a little weakness in the presentation sense, but it's not the project's problem I guess and the most important is on the media that include the sounds, but sometimes presentations raise the interest in looking at a release. For exemple, it took me like 5 month before I took time to listen to Chefkirk with NxFxTxEx and Quixo since I was not really attracted to the presentation (fool I was, I could have discovered the awesome project that is Chefkirk before.) But this one is beautifull, it's a big brown (recycled-like) card board folded in 2 with a Ľ inches back between each side and on the cover there's something that looks like a ribbon and inside there's something that look like plastic grass with very few info outside the song titles and contact info. I'm pretty curious to see that label production. But hey there's also music on this recording. At the first impression, Chefkirk's sound on this is a little more aggressive, just a little. But the second track goeas in an harsher and harsh sound before getting in the more minimal sound renowned of Chefkirk on the third track and in a near silence toward the fourth track before engaging a crescendo of loud manipulation. So the Chefkirk sound is still constituted of a subtle loops construction of noise ambiance, but it regards a more noisy aspect, which is not that bad. The fifth track surprised me more with the help of drum (sampling?) as source, like a repetitive drum sequence with some alteration every time that became very alienating by the end of it. Track number 7, called "A Lonely Night At The Butcher Shop" is maybe the most beautiful construction of the record, it sounds like the aforementioned style of Chefkirk but with a precision that make you both feel comfortable and not. Like an alternating movement of noises and more ambient sounds that seems more like direct manipulation before the final burst of noise at the end of that 8 minutes track athat enter you in the very minimal sound of the second one. The magic I guess in Chefkirk is the way everything is brought into one complete work and that seems so normal that everything is where it is, that's why it's for me experimental noise music. And this record who's backed with a very beautiful package make a very awesome step in Chefkirk's always interesting discography. Sadly it's limited to 100, so jump on the fire and get your copy soon. See, when you realise easily that a long noise record passed quickly that's because you like it and this is always the case with me and every Chefkirk's releases.

Uznany amerykański twórca elektronicznego noise opublikował swój nowy materiał w zdecydowanie najciekawszym obecnie rodzimym CDR/DIY labelu. Warto było, bo dostał profesjonalnie przygotowane wydawnictwo, którego design wyróżnia się na tle tego typu owiatowych realizacji. Gruby, rozkładany, offsetowo drukowany, imponujących (acz bez przesady) rozmiarów karton zawiera cdr z ponad trzydziestoma minutami noise'owych wariacji . Harsh, na szczęocie jak dla mnie, jest w defensywie. Więcej jest za to konceptualnych, czytelnych brzmieniowo eksperymentacji. Właonie bogactwo interesujących barw stanowi o atrakcyjnooci tego materiału. Artysta deklaruje, że w procesie twórczym nie używa komputera. Nie jest przez to zunifikowany jak 90% twórców tej sceny korzystającej z tego samego softu. Rekomendacja!

POLAND >> A scrap heap of crazy noise, muted distortions of clicks and cuts, brought to life with guts and sincerity. Though this is not a K2 or Daniel Menche record, it is in like territory. Chefkirk pays homage to the importance of silence in this otherwise glitch-induced mire of interesting microphonics. Achim Wollscheid would be proud. Originally from the shores of North Carolina, Chefkirk has established a fully beat unconscious sensibility that is crowned by a basic love of static charges and peeling paint. His approach to subliminal electro-acoustics has water on the brain, and is only eclipsed by the haiku-like mechanics of the finished sound construction.
TJ Norris Igloo Mag

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